How Ada aims to fill Britain's digital skills gap from Tottenham Hale


The Guardian, 19 August 2016


A social enterprise based in the heart of one of London’s poorest areas is determined to nurture young, local talent

As London rightly celebrates another year of outstanding A-level results - the best in England, except for the south-east - it’s worth noting that some young talents in the capital, as no doubt elsewhere, may still not be fully recognised by the school examinations system.

Next month will see the opening of the Ada National College for Digital Skills, to be based at Tottenham Hale within the area’s redevelopment zone. Ada’s first sixth form intake will comprise up to 100 16-year-olds plus 50 apprentices aged 19 and above. Of these 150 students, 60% will live within a five-mile radius of the college and 40% within the borough of Haringey. There will be no fees and no qualifications required. Entry is by interview and aptitude with a logical problem-solving app.